Wednesday, March 22, 2023

SHADOWS - Post Card Swap - Postmark by Monday, April 24th

Have you ever made shadows with your hands in front of a flashlight beam?

How many people notice shadow patterns when the sun is shining?  

Who has taken a picture which includes his/her own shadow in it?  (I know at least one person who admits to doing that, smiles...)

Shadows often show a distorted or altered impression of the object that's between the viewer and the sun or other light source.

by hhc

Shadows seem longest when the sun is lower in the sky.  These long blue tree shadows stretching across a snowy hill (see picture above) drew me back to the scene with my camera and prompted this swap theme/challenge. To me it almost looks like strands of blue hair...

by hhc

Days later, now the shadows are green!!!

For this post card exchange you may use photo's, create collage with others' images, or even sketch, draw or paint images of shadows.  

One quirky interpretation might be to portray shadows that do not line up with the original image.  For example, a dog's shadow in front of, or in back of, a cat.  

Or, feature a shadow that is exaggerated or visibly distorted from the original object's shape.

by hhc
The above was a shadow of a tall glass vase which was perched on a window ledge in the sunlight.


by hhc

This Crabapple tree's trunk and its shadow seemed to line up perfectly- I couldn't resist taking this picture.  Here's what I did with it:

by hhc


  • You may submit as many as four Post Cards.  (You will get back the same number you send, each from a different artist,) 
Mail your PCs to your host in an envelope, and your host will mail out the exchanged PCs after the swap is processed.
  • If you're sending in more than one PC and using paint or glue, please place waxed paper or parchment between the  cards so they don't get stuck together in the envelope.  

  • Include your address labels, and postage for each piece you hope to receive .
  • Sample template for post card backs...

  • Write your return address or email address on the upper left corner on the back of each PC so your swap partner(s) can thank you.
You can find postal specifications (and a handy postage calculator) here:

Please get your 1 - 4 post cards into the mailing system by or before Monday, April 24th

Mail to:  
Honi C.
Post Office Box 142
Freedom, NY  14065



Anonymous said...

This is going to be very difficult

KR said...

Sometimes it is good to stretch ourselves artistically. Be brave, give it a try :) Remember the little train engine going uphill, huffing and puffing and saying, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..." Photographs (collage) might be easier than drawing or painting... You can do this. (If you want to...) I hope to see your art in this group exchange...

KR said...

P.S. I just remembered that solar and lunar eclipses are caused by a SHADOW. Hint Hint Hint

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